Shadow of Asshai

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    The shadows come to stay, my lord, stay my lord, stay my lord.
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  1. Let's see... Balon crowned himself King of the Iron Islands and was planning to take the North from Robb Stark as the majority of his forces were fighting in the Riverlands. He wanted to raid the western coast of the North, he commanded Asha to take Deepwood Motte, Victarion would sail through the Saltspear, then the Fever River to take Moat Cailin, by controlling Moat Cailin, Robb wouldn't be able to return to the North in land. Theon was commanded to raid the Stony Shore and raid villages, attracting the lords and forces who stayed in the North. It was not a bad plan for a raid, but it was a stupid plan for a conquest. How would they hold the North? Do you think that the Iron Throne would just let them have the North? Whomever sat the Iron Throne would send warships and land troops in the North. Sooner or later they would fall. Balon said he wanted the North, then again, he wanted to remain close to the sea. I don't quite understand what did he want to be honest, just trying to find out what his plan was about. If he had been clever, he would have allied with Robb and in the end he would have the Westerlands, full of gold.
  2. I don't like this theory because it feels like the obvious path. GRRM doesn't walk on the obvious path all the time, his story is full of twists. It is a good theory, it makes sense, but that doesn't mean it is the only possibility, that there's nothing else hidden. The problem is that people are taking that theory as completely true, even though we didn't see it yet, GRRM's story isn't complete. The show took that path because they opted for the obvious and easier path, but GRRM is not the man of simple plots.
  3. Isn't that phrase from the TV Show? I never read Jaime or any other POV claiming Aerys' last words were "burn the all". Yes, he intended to burn KL to the ground before Robert could take it, but the phrase itself was not used in the books.
  4. He said Arya or Dany, but he said he likes all of them in general. Even though he has his favourites, it didn't mean they will be alive in the end of the story. I am working on a fantasy saga, a story I want to write and I have my favourite characters, but I don't know who will be alive by the end of the story, because like GRRM, I like how every action has a consequence.
  5. Rhaegar was married to Elia and had two children with her. If he was in love with Lyanna and Lyanna was in love with him, that is another matter. Now, saying that Elia was not innocent, that's a bit too much. She was a faithful spouse to Rhaegar and she gave him two healthy children, even though they always costed her life. If there was love or not between Rhaegar and Lyanna, I still call them selfish, they didn't stop to think the harm they would cause, because of their love, thousands of people died, including Lyanna's father and brother and Rhaegar caused the downfall of his house. I hate when people try to sugarcoat them, claiming that they loved each other and so their actions are justified. Robert's Rebellion (or the War of the Usurper) was an event that wounded people to this day, many are still grieving. Lyanna knew what would happen if she disappeared, her family would be worried and would look for her. Also, people think Rhaegar was so noble, but maybe that's just what people saw, but we don't know his true colours yet.
  6. The Targaryens dropped that custom after Maegor the Cruel. King Jaehaerys had assured the High Septon the Targaryens would only have a wife and would only marry again when the spouse died. It was part of the pact between the Iron Throne and the Faith of the Seven, it helped to end the Faith Militant Uprising. That also makes me think that even if Rhaegar married Lyanna secretly (by a heart tree, not by annuling a marriage that already sired two children and the wife was very much alive), the Faith would have not accepted that.
  7. I don't think Daenerys is GRRM's favourite, in the past most pointed out his favourite was Tyrion and that Sam was based on him. People are mixing Show Daenerys with Book Daenerys. Show Daenerys is D&D's favourite, that's clear. But the same cannot be said of Book Daenerys and GRRM.
  8. A rightful claim happens in times of peace, when the heir succeed his liege with no challenge. It is war now, so, of course the "rightful heir" thing won't work. The only possible claim now is by conquest.
  9. Yes and it is rather odd that MMD greeted Daenerys when the Dothraki were sacking the village, she greeted her in the Common Tongue. How did she know Dany spoke the Common Tongue?
  10. The more I think about Aegon, the more I am convinced he is not the real deal. I know some will claim Jon Connington would know if he was not Aegon, but how would he know it? He was exiled after the Battle of Bells, Aegon was what? A newborn baby, maybe a few moon turns old? It would be pretty easy to deceive Jon Connington and once you convinced him Faegon is Aegon, he would be willing to help his Prince's son claim the Iron Throne. I also think Faegon is Illyrio's son with Serra. That crossed my mind when Tyrion was in Pentos with Illyrio and he was given young boy's clothing. It couldn't be Viserys' clothes, because Viserys had moved to Illyrio's manse recently, it was not even a year if I am not mistaken. Viserys would be an adult, he would be wearing grown man's clothing. Those clothes can only be "Aegon's". Illyrio reveals that Serra was a whore from a pillow house in Lys, Lys is really close to where the Golden Company established themselves, really close to the Disputed Lands. I don't know about you, but I think she is a Blackfyre from the female line or a bastard from that house. I just can't buy the story that Aegon is Aegon, there's something off about all that.
  11. The age gap doesn't confirm your theory, when Penny was born (the wiki states the years 281, 282 or 283, he would be at most 10 years old. Tyrion was born in 273 AC.
  12. It was necromancy, Mirri even told Daenerys nobody should enter the tent once she started the ritual, the dead would be dancing inside.
  13. I was reading the third Bran's chapter on AGOT and I noticed this: He lifted his eyes and saw clear across the narrow sea, to the Free Cities and the green Dothraki sea and beyond, to Vaes Dothrak under its mountain, to the fabled lands of the Jade Sea, to Asshai by the Shadow, where dragons stirred beneath the sunrise. It's also been rumored that there are dragons in the Shadow Lands and that they originally came from there. That reference can't be about Dany's dragons, right?
  14. He promised his wife Arya would make it to the final book, but she can still die in the last one.
  15. Arya is not my favourite character, but I don't think she is boring, I like every single POV character in terms of writing, all of them make sense, even Areo Hotah and Aerion Greyjoy (people usually think they are boring, but well, Aerion's chapter The Forsaken was really a nice change). I only feel that Arya's story kind of went separate ways from the rest, it seems like if you exclude her chapters when she crossed the Narrow Sea, it wouldn't make a difference for the other POVs.